A team of our Nippers attended the Oceanfest Event in Croyde at the weekend and did extremely well, please see below a report of the day written by our Nipper Officer, Traci Parker.
“Once again this year, Hayle Surf Life Saving Club were invited to enter a team of nippers for the Oceanfest event, in Croyde, North Devon. This event involves eight invited clubs from across Devon and Cornwall to submit a team of 24 nippers – 12 girls and 12 boys. With each team submitting the same number of competitors, we all started on an even playing field. The events included swim and board races including relays in the sea, and beach flags, a sprint relay and 1km run on the beach.
The conditions were extremely challenging again this year, with a strong wave that must have seemed so big to some of the younger competitors. All of the nippers put in excellent performances. Of special note, I would like to mention Ethan Treloar, Lewis King and Tanni Smitham who all competed in an older age group than they belong, in order to fill those age groups. Every one of the nippers gave their very best and I could single out every one of them for something they excelled at during the weekend, not least of all for their positive approach.
A big thank you also goes out to all of the parents who came to support and especially those who turned up and immediately put on their wetsuits and jumped into the sea to help out with safety cover.
The day ended on a very positive note, as Hayle came second overall, behind Woolacoombe. Saunton Sands were third and Portreath came fourth. The 10 and 11 year old girls also won their age group, retaining their position from last year when Hayle won the girls’ category overall.”